Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CableLabs Issues Technical RFI For Online TV Service

CableLabs issued a request for information (RFI) to define elements for a common technical approach that would enable consumers to have secure on-line access to subscription video services delivered by any provider. Cable operators are currently testing such services. These include "TV Everywhere" by Time Warner Cable and "On Demand Online" by Comcast.

Cablelabs said it is seeking to define the technical requirements and architecture necessary to enable on-line access to subscription cable TV video services involving both multiple programmers and multiple multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). A goal is to use existing standards and specifications.

"We are issuing this RFI at the strong urging of our members," noted CableLabs President and CEO Dr. Paul Liao. "It is their belief that a common technical approach will offer greater choice to consumers, and will enable competition among technology providers to support the market," he added.

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